Govt fails to set up cooperative market in each city wardHasan Major
The government has failed to set up 92 cooperative markets, one in each ward of the capital Dhaka, even 20 months inside the decision in this regard.
The decision was made aiming to protect consumers’ rights and check the market syndicates.
The cooperatives department blamed non-cooperation from Dhaka city corporations and other departments concerned for the failure of the initiative.
In a joint meeting of the rural development and cooperatives division and department of cooperative of LGRD and cooperatives ministry on November 11, 2011, it was decided that 92 cooperatives markets would be set up on the barren and unused lands of the Dhaka north and south city corporations and other government agencies.
The state minister for LGRD and cooperatives ministry, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, presided over the meeting.
Another meeting for setting up the markets was held on January 22, 2012, with the state minister in the chair.
In the second meeting, a three-member scrutiny committee comprising regional executive officer of Dhaka city corporations, joint-registrar of cooperatives marketing promotion cell of cooperatives department and Dhaka district cooperatives officer and the committee was asked to submit a report to the ministry after making feasibility study on the proposed site of the markets.
The committee during its feasibility study from the month of January and February in 2012 primarily selected 22 barren lands located near Green Road staff quarter, Khilgaon-Shahjanpur kitchen market, Sikdar medical college, Bhagolpur embankment, Nababganj park and dam, Shashanghat dam, Lalbagh community centre, Iraqi playground, Hosnidalan, Rasulpur community centre, Kamrangir Char bridge, 78 No Laxmibazar holding, Obhisar Cinema, 40-Shah Shaheb Lane, Balda Garden, Sutrapur Loharpul, Dholpur WASA road Banshpotti, Chandankota community centre, Jatrabari WDB staff quarter and Kajlarpar Rahim Steel Mills of Demra road for setting up of cooperative markets.
Of the barren lands, Dhaka South City Corporation has the ownership of 16 spots and the rest six spots are owned by Bangladesh Railway, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha and Dhaka WASA Dhaka.
Based on the feasibility study report, the LGRD and cooperatives ministry in its meeting on June 17, 2012 primarily directed to sign a memorandum of understanding between Dhaka South City Corporation and the cooperatives associations concerned for setting up the cooperative markets on the city corporation lands.
As per the directive, the cooperatives department had sent the draft copy of the MoU to Dhaka South City Corporation several times.
But the authorities of Dhaka South City Corporation made no response to the cooperatives department about signing the MoU.
In the latest letter sent to chief executive officer of Dhaka South City Corporation, registrar of cooperatives department Md Humayun Khalid said the cooperatives markets could not be set up as the DCC authorities did not take initiative or give reply to the cooperatives’ letters about signing the MoU.
Md Iqbal Hossain, additional registrar of cooperatives department, told New Age that they could not go for implementation of setting up cooperative markets at each ward mainly due to the non-cooperation of Dhaka South City Corporation.
Chief executive officer of Dhaka South City Corporation Ansar Ali Khan told New Age that he could tell details on the matter after scrutiny the files.
‘But as far as I know the process of handing over the lands could not be accomplished as the cooperatives department did not make it clear how they would use the lands of the city corporation,’ he added.
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